“Tribunal Fines Multichoice ₦150m, Orders One Month Free Subscription for Nigerians Amid Tariff Hike”

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In a landmark decision, the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal has fined Multichoice Nigeria ₦150 million following a controversial tariff hike. The tribunal also mandated that the company provide a one-month free subscription to all Nigerian subscribers as part of the penalty.

The ruling comes after numerous complaints from consumers about the sudden increase in subscription fees by Multichoice, which operates the popular DStv and GOtv services. The tribunal found that the tariff hike was unjustified and detrimental to consumers.

“The decision aims to protect consumers from arbitrary price increases and ensure fair market practices,” stated the tribunal’s chairperson.

Multichoice has been instructed to implement the free subscription immediately and to work towards more transparent pricing practices in the future. This ruling marks a significant step in consumer protection within Nigeria’s broadcasting sector, emphasizing the need for companies to consider the financial impact on consumers before making pricing decisions.

Subscribers have welcomed the decision, expressing relief over the tribunal’s intervention. “This shows that consumer rights are being taken seriously,” commented one subscriber.

As Multichoice complies with the tribunal’s orders, industry observers will be watching closely to see how this ruling affects the company’s operations and its relationship with customers in Nigeria.

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